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Old June 8th, 2010, 09:33 AM   #581
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This week I'm going to Varniai (from Daugavpils).
My route probably will be this one (the shortest suggested by Google Maps):


Any comments on this? Is this the best choice or should I choose another one route (because of bad road quality or like that)?
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Old June 8th, 2010, 08:18 PM   #582
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Don't know about conditions in Latvia side, but the road from the border is well all the way to the point near Radviliškis, where you will leave the A9 road. Stretch Rokiškis-Kupiškis is quite empty, lots of stretches between Kupiškis and Panevėžys where renovated not long time ago. Just don't know about stretch where you will leave A9 road and go Varniai.
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Old June 8th, 2010, 08:39 PM   #583
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Thank you!
Don't worry about Latvian side, let me get information about that
by the way, what about max. allowed speed? As far as I know, it's 90 usually but 110 on some roads. Am I right?
If it's so then do I have such roads on my route?
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Old June 9th, 2010, 01:30 AM   #584
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Thank you!
Don't worry about Latvian side, let me get information about that
by the way, what about max. allowed speed? As far as I know, it's 90 usually but 110 on some roads. Am I right?
If it's so then do I have such roads on my route?
It's 90km/h although limitations to 70km/h are rather common (at larger one-level intersections, dangerous stretches, etc.). 110km/h is only on expressways (there is only one such stretch in Lithuania and that is on A1 Vilnius-Kaunas) so nothing above 90km/h on your trip. Although you can drive without worries at 100km/h (for police patrols) and 110km/h for speed cameras (they have 20km/h "tolerance" limit... or at least so I was told by someone who deals with it). Most of your route should be 90km/h.

P.S. any chance you'll take some photos on your way and post them here?
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Old June 9th, 2010, 08:18 AM   #585
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110km/h for speed cameras
Have you got many of them in Lithuania? Are they always in move or placed in known places?
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P.S. any chance you'll take some photos on your way and post them here?
It's hard to say. I will be driving and that means that I won't be able to make any photos. But I will ask my friends to try to make some.
Don't expect them soon because after this trip some days I will be without internet.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 01:33 AM   #586
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Have you got many of them in Lithuania? Are they always in move or placed in known places?
There are quite a few. I did mention it before in this thread. I think it's over 150... anyway they are all over in all major roads.


Someone made a map but I'm not sure how accurate it is: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...55010ba20ef8be
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Old June 10th, 2010, 02:14 AM   #587
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An update on another road upgrade project on A1 Vilnius-Kaunas

Reconstruction of the viaduct near Elektrėnai town.
The viaduct is used as the main access/exit route from the Elektrenai town onto A1. Before reconstruction it fell short even of the most basic motorway standards: there was no space for hard shoulder, as the result the acceleration lane near the viaduct was very short and dangerous. There were two bus stops nearby which will be removed once the reconstruction is finished. All in all after it's done (in about 5 months time) it should comply to contemporary motorway standards.

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Satellite image of the location:
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Photos (by Zorro from ************/forumas)













There are quite a few other spots on A1 which clearly do not comply with motorway standards. I may try to spot them all on the satellite imagery and post them here.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 02:51 PM   #588
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Now I see why there's work to do for this highway improvement into a motorway. But at least these seem to be the only problems for that process as everything else is already done, even almost all the necessary viaducts are constructed, I bet this shouldn't take a lot of money!
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Old June 10th, 2010, 06:18 PM   #589
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Now I see why there's work to do for this highway improvement into a motorway. But at least these seem to be the only problems for that process as everything else is already done, even almost all the necessary viaducts are constructed, I bet this shouldn't take a lot of money!
When you drive on A1 between Vilnius and Kaunas it feels fine and people who are not road geeks (like us ) may wonder why it's not a motorway? But if you look attentively there are quite a few insufficiencies. I will check the satellite images and try to spot all "bad" spots which will have to be fixed in order to make this road a motorway.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 06:54 PM   #590
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I just checked the satellite photos of A1 and counted at least a few dozens (I would say around 50 separate cases/situations) of locations which are inappropriate for motorway standards. These are things like U turns (although there are only a few left), missing acceleration/slowing lanes to some nearby estates (I guess in some cases there shouldn't be any exits for private nearby properties), some conflicting paths of traffic flow, bus stops, exits too close to each other, a few viaducts without hard shoulders etc.

In fact many of such insufficiencies were/are being fixed over the last decade and the road generaly looks good (as you can see in my own pictures), however there is still more work to be done and I guess the price tag is going to be tens (if not over a hundred) of millions of € (not counting current projects) because all those little things add up.

Also, there will be unhappy voices about cut-off access to the A1 (it will have to be done in some cases if they want to make it motorway) so it will have to be handled in some way.

There are two main reasons for that: the A1 between Vilnius and Kaunas is older than between Kaunas and Klaipeda or A2 Vilnius-Panevezys which, I guess, were built by different standards.

After 1990 some private properties and estates popped up near the road which got access to the road. It wouldn't happen under normal circumstances but we all know what it was like it Lithuania in the 90's i.e. a complete mess.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 11:45 AM   #591
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Later I will put photos from Vilkaviškis to Vištytis. It's very nice road with zero cars on it and it's very beatifull... Ze end
What's promised has to be done So after holidays I decided to put these pics. Hope you will enjoy it, although quality is not so good, blame my dog

So Vilkaviškis - Vištytis. On road 185 and then 200

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7786[/IMG]

So we start on the cross road already seen in my pics. We turn right towards Gražiškiai. I used to ride on this road 2-4 times a week as I was cyclist 13-15 years of age (now 27 ). This road is good for cyclist, cos there are very light traffic, sometimes none at all, it has hills which are rare in this region.

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7392[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7770[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7771[/IMG]

Interesting name of the river: Zanyla ))

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7772[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7773[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7774[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7775[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7776[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7777[/IMG]

Leaving Gražiškiai. Entering road number 200 towards Vištytis.

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7778[/IMG]

This road isn't so old, but you can see from this picture, that it was repaired few time now, as 185 is very old and it had few repairs. What's happened to the quality?

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7779[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7780[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7781[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7782[/IMG]

Nice view to the very beautiful lake Vištytis. You can see Russia here, cos the border goes on directlly frew this lake.

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7784[/IMG]

Let's turn to the left towards PL border.

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7785[/IMG]

I stopped taking pictures at this point, cos I saved the battery for way back ))
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Old June 12th, 2010, 12:27 PM   #592
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Let's go back home, cos the rain is comming )

This strech of road till the white point of 7 km. is very twisty. I would like to take a ride with no limits if it is closed. Very nice. And you can see how the border is "equal" on the lake

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7810[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7787[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7788[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7789[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7790[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7791[/IMG]

U are able to see Vištytis church

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7792[/IMG]

What I was talking about twisty...

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7793[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7794[/IMG]

End of entertaining, let's get back to normal road let's turn towards Kalvarija

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7795[/IMG]

Heavy traffic

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7796[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7797[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7798[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7799[/IMG]

Entering Gražiškiai

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7800[/IMG]

Leaving it

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7801[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7802[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7803[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7804[/IMG]

Green and yellow, that's our colors

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7805[/IMG]

What's this? I fought...

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7806[/IMG]

But after few moments my question was revield

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7807[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7808[/IMG]

The same crosroad where we stared. Thank you for your good words It was quet interesting, to take pictures of roads

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7809[/IMG]
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Old June 19th, 2010, 09:54 AM   #593
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Great photo by propeleris from ************
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View towards roundabout reconstruction to 3 levels junction near seaport Klaipėda. Currently 3rd level viaduct looks strange, but second stage of the project should start at the end of summer and 3rd level will be connected to road to Palanga and Kaunas and will make a sense.


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Old June 19th, 2010, 12:21 PM   #594
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Looks really impressive, getting its shapes makes a feeling of a very serious infrastructure project in a country's scales!
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Old June 19th, 2010, 12:27 PM   #595
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This project is a combo of our Vairoga and Slāvu fly-overs.
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^ Thus, it will be the biggest fly-over in the Baltics, but for a while!
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Old June 27th, 2010, 08:40 PM   #597
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P.S. any chance you'll take some photos on your way and post them here?
Actually my friends were lazy
They made some pictures till Panevežys and after that took forgot about their great responsibility....
I'm a bit busy now and I uploaded an archive instead of pictures right here. YOu can get it here:
http://www.failiem.lv/list.php?i=kovgak

Try to understand...my route:
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Old July 4th, 2010, 09:41 PM   #598
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A5 Budzisko/Kalvarija - Kaunas

I know pics from this route were already posted here, but If you'd like to see more of them please write

Short 1x4 section just after the border:



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Old July 4th, 2010, 10:00 PM   #599
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Thanks for the pictures. That road is good but very inadequate.
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Posting all the pics once again is pointless, so simply click to the Polish subforum.
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